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Health Mystery Solved: My Gut Microbiome Did It!


I’ve always loved a good mystery… Give me Jessica Fletcher in Cabot Cove, Maine and I’m a happy camper. But there was one mystery that I’d almost given up hope of figuring out – my health. Bear with me while I explain my health history, I promise I’ll get to the answers relatively quickly…

By the time I was 50 I’d managed to develop 5 auto-immune diseases plus a host of other strange illnesses. My mystery was why? What was going on in my body that my immune system kept attacking itself?

For years, I’ve doctored in our small town, in a larger town and even the Mayo Clinic and while they were able to pinpoint what the issues were and manage the symptoms fairly well, there were no answers.

But there was one friend who didn’t give up on me…my friend Tangi.  She contacted me and told me about some plant based supplements and how she really felt they could help me get healthier. My skepticism was high. But she didn’t give up…she told me how issues with our gut microbiome causes many of these symptoms and explained how these products addressed our gut health. For over a year my skepticism won out…until I was in so much pain every day that my Dr wanted to put me on a really strong drug that I just didn’t want to put in my body…so I turned to Tangi. This amazing, loyal, sweet friend had patiently waited for me and even prayed for me and now she helped me order the products my body so desperately needed.

Two years later and my health has improved tremendously – from very little pain (only caused by joint hyper mobility) to better gut health (no more constipation or diarrhea), to more energy (no more naps needed!), to multiple (think double digits) prescriptions gone! I don’t need them anymore!

But let’s get back to my mystery…why? Why was my health so bad…what had been causing my immune system to attack itself?

Well, for years now there’s been talk about how an unhealthy gut microbiome is the cause of many health issues. And while it’s taken many years for the medical community to fully acknowledge this theory, it seems they’ve finally been able to prove it. More articles are being published linking our gut health to illnesses and the results of the research is astounding (see the article by the National Institute of Health below.) Not only does it connect the obvious gut health issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and IBD, but the medical community is now linking autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression – and even Alzheimer’s and dementia – to our gut microbiome (see Mayo Clinic article link below). The latest article I read is even talking about linking colon cancer in young men to bad gut microbiome health (see Men’s Health article link below).

Our gut microbiome consists of millions of good and bad bacteria. I wish it was as easy as saying we need more good than bad. OR that if we eat the right foods we’ll be healthy. Unfortunately it’s way more complicated than that…

#1 – there’s one theory that we get our Mother’s gut microbiome as we’re being delivered. In other words, if your Mom and her Mom and her Mom (I could keep going but you get the gist) had unhealthy gut microbiome, it’s highly likely you do too. So even if you eat healthy and exercise daily – if you’re not addressing the root problem of cleaning up your gut health – the likelihood of you having or developing a health issue is high.

***Now here’s where I have a theory: Imagine if young women addressed their gut health BEFORE they have children…what would that mean for future generations? Could we actually achieve a healthier future for our children?***

But I digress…

#2 – when we eat pre-processed foods, take certain medications like birth control, drink lots of alcohol, or eat lots of sugar or carbs – we’re feeding the bad bacteria. Some theories say it feeds Candida which is a yeast that develops a hard shell around itself. When you have too much yeast – aka Candida Overgrowth – it makes sense that your body is not absorbing nutrients properly. This overgrowth can also then permeate the wall linings of our colon causing holes in the lining aka Leaky Gut Syndrome.

#3 – Taking unnecessary antibiotics kills the good bacteria in our gut microbiome and it can take up to a year for it to replenish itself during which time, of course, the bad bacteria has wreaked havoc on your system.

So, why have I experienced such great health success? 

Because these plant based supplements address gut health. Specifically the Candida Overgrowth. By offering a system that includes prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes (to break up the hard shell of the Candida) and an antifungal – they go in and clean up our gut health and feed in the good bacteria. Along with that, add in products that help balance blood glucose levels, an amazing methylated vitamin (that your body can absorb easier), and others that address inflammation and it’s a winning combination that has given me a whole new healthier life.

I don’t believe, nor does the company claim, that the products have cured me of any of my health issues. But by cleaning up my gut health I’m able to live primarily symptom free. And for this gal who could barely move 2 years ago…I’m loving being able to live my life to the fullest again. I’m even in Spin Class and I’m ROCKIN’ it!

If you’re interested in learning more about these products, please reach out to me. There is hope for a healthier life – I’m living proof of it!

Patty O

Mayo Clinic Research: Recruiting Microbes to Fight Autoimmune Diseases

Men’s Health Magazine: Why Are Young Guys Suddenly Getting Colon Cancer?

And if you really want to geek out, read this by the National Institute of Health: Leaky Gut As A Danger Signal for Autoimmune Diseases

#health #gutmicrobiome #leakygut #autoimmune #alzheimers #dementia #plantbasedsupplements #medicalmystery #healthyhappy #probiotic #prebiotic #digestiveenzyme #antifungal #mayoclinic #nationalinstituteofhealth #menshealth

A Special Thank You to Veterans and Their Significant Others


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A special thank you to the Veterans and their families this year.

Below you will find a link to a blog I read on a fairly regular basis. Today’s story honors Veterans and their spouses and families. I strongly encourage you to read it, it certainly inspired this post.

My Dad served four years in the Army, and while he served stateside during the Korean War, Mom was right there by his side raising our family.

Growing up, we’d hear stories from Dad about how his favorite time of day was when he would come home to Mom.  One of my favorite memories is how she’d have his favorite glass of iced tea ready for him when he got home…every day…morning, afternoon, or night depending on his shift work at the mine.  I’m sure that was his 3rd favorite thing when he came home…her hug and kiss were no doubt his first. They were quite a pair those two.

My brother joined the Army at age 18 and retired at age 40. While my brother served for 22 years, my sister-in-law maintained their home, raised their children, and kept the Faith. I can’t imagine how difficult it had to be when he would be flown out on a mission…she would have no idea where he was going, or how long he’d be gone.  I don’t know if I’ve ever told her just how much I admire her and appreciate the love and support she has given my brother through the years.  So today, on this Veteran’s Day, thank you Jody for being Steve’s love, his rock, and his home.

On this Veteran’s Day, I honor and thank all the Veterans out there, including my brother, nephews, friends, and Dad. You are the reason we are still here, safe and sound and thriving. And for the wives, husbands and families…thank you for being their home, their safe place, their love. You, too, I hold in my heart and prayers. You are amazing and you are appreciated.

(in)Courage Veteran’s Day Blog Post

God Bless You,

Patty O

Will I trust him…not with my life or yours.


I have to give one last political rant.

I am seeing good people, people who I believe are good Christians, talking about how the Country will now go back to Christian values and become Godly again.

I AM COMPLETELY BAFFLED.

You believe that Donald Trump is the person who will do this?

HOW?

Have you completely ignored his racism, his use and abuse of workers, his bankrupties, his mocking of a handicapped man, his plans to stop helping people/immigration? Have you completely ignored his own claims of sexual abuse towards women?

Is this who you see as bringing America back to Christian values?

Tell me you are against abortion. That I can understand. I may not completely agree with you, but I can understand your stance.

Tell me you wanted change. That I believe.

But to elect this man because you believe he is what God wants to make America more Christian goes against all the love, compassion, and goodness that I believe Jesus brought us.

Donald Trump is evil.

I fear for my daughters. I fear for my LBGT relatives and friends. I fear for my handicapped friends. I fear for my relatives and friends who are black, brown, or any other color that Trump doesn’t like. I fear for my relatives and friends who are of a different religion or background.

Know that I support you. Know that I will ALWAYS fight for you.

And to my friends who are proclaiming a win for Christianity, I am here for you too.  Because even though I believe differently, you are still my friends.

I will go on to fight the good fight.

There will be some good that comes out of this and that is the solidarity of many people who do believe in love and good.

That will be done in spite of President Elect Trump, because neither his words nor actions are either of those.

Donald Trump is not my kind of Christian.

Will I pray for him, yes.

Will I trust him…not with my life or yours.

Patty O

Reminders of Love, Faith and Gratefulness


I happened upon a Facebook post of one of my friends just now.

I want to thank Sue for sharing it with her family and friends.

As you’ll read in the link below, she and her husband took our town with them on a journey of love, heartbreak, and faith.

Their son Sasha was the gift that God gave us all so that we could see that beauty can shine through even during sadness.

This post was written just over 2 years ago.

It’s definitely my favorite post on faith, and probably the most heartfelt posts that I’ve ever written.

Without further ado, click on the link below…

Witnessing a Story of Faith, Love and Support

God bless…and thank you…all 535 of you who read my ramblings.

You are appreciated and loved.

Patty O

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A Holiday Wish for You


May the birth of Jesus fill your soul with Hope, Peace and Joy.

May the Beauty of this world surround you.

And may Love fill your heart this Holiday Season.

From me to you,

from my family to yours.

Merry Christmas!

And for those of other faiths…

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Kwanzaa!

And for those who don’t celebrate this Season…

Have a great day!

Patty O

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